It’s been a topsy-turvy last 18 months, and I would not change a damn thing.
Seeing opportunity in unplanned change is what I do, there’s always a silver lining.
In March of 2016 I was part of massive cost-cutting layoffs at Rogers, leaving me without a full-time job for the first time in my adult life. It was both scary and a massive relief — I’m not really a morning person, so five years of 4am wake ups was a grind for me both physically and emotionally (with a wee lad in the mix).
After the lay-offs, my boy and I took our long overdue trip to Spain, then I got busy with “what’s next” planning.
Enter my friend Drex. He called me to see if I might be interested in “doing radio” again — with his team at CKNW. I started in the fall of 2016. Exercising my Newstalk muscles during this calendar year was like learning to ride a bike while jumping into a group headed up the sea-to-sky on the Grand Fondo. (Trump, terrorist attacks, BC election chaos, housing crisis) It was an education and great challenge, I like to think that I found my voice.
Thankfully the job taught me a great deal about our city, our country, our continent and the world. I worked along side some of the kindest and most generous broadcasters imaginable. The leadership was second-to-none. Yesterday I said goodbye to them, as my next adventure awaits.
THIS IS WHAT’S NEXT:
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA—September 13, 2017 – Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 has added a nationally acclaimed voice to the heart of their weekday schedule with the addition of veteran broadcaster Jody Vance beginning Monday, September 25th 2017.
MIDDAY WITH JODY VANCE – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Weekdays): With energy, honesty and a wicked sense of humour, Jody will bring depth, topical conversation and her trademark wit to Roundhouse Radio middays. Expect lively conversations talking all things news, opinion, sports, parenting, pets, lifestyle and food. And that’s just to get started!
Jody Vance brings decades of radio and TV experience to our airwaves both locally and across Canada — among many accomplishments, she has had her own national sports program, news anchor, host of Breakfast Television, and most recently she has been at CKNW talking about news and current affairs. Mother to a young son, she knows the path of parenting and holds a red seal in Culinary Arts so there may be a recipe or two to be shared every now and then…
Roundhouse Radio CEO Don Shafer: “We are very excited to bring Jody’s considerable talents to Roundhouse Radio on a daily basis. Her level of broadcast experience and professionalism runs deep. People will be tuning in for her signature style of conversation”.
Added to the mix is an unexpected puzzle piece, and if you know me – and my passion for sports – it’s an important piece, indeed. I get to continue to grow my role with Sportsnet 650 radio, the newest arm of that great brand here in Vancouver. Nothing specific to report at the moment, but as we say in radio: Stay Tuned.
It’s all very exciting and I will continue to share news, views and adventures here on Mybackyard.press along side our wonderful contributors.
Get to your radio and lock in FM 98.3, I will meet you there each day starting in two weeks time.